Jennifer Abel started diving at age 5. Her parents insisted their children practice a sport and she chose diving, following in her brother’s footsteps.
She competed at her very first diving competition at age 6 and never looked back since then. In 2008, she surprised everyone by finishing second at the Olympic Trials and earning a spot on Team Canada. At 16, she became one of the youngest divers in Canadian history to represent the country at the Olympic Games and was the youngest member of the Canadian delegation in Beijing.
Four years later, Jennifer made history once again by winning an Olympic bronze medal alongside her 3m synchro partner and diving legend Emilie Heymans. With their bronze medal, they became the first Canadians to win a medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Now a three-time Olympian, eight-time World Championships medalist, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games Champion, Jennifer Abel is widely recognized on the international scene. Renowned as one of the most powerful divers on the planet, Jennifer is one of the few female divers to compete the “double twist”, a dive typically only performed by the men.
Jennifer loves to try new restaurants and has a weakness for salty chips. She has a passion for fashion and shopping, but never buys anything expensive without consulting her mother first!